Top 10 WordPress plugins Christmas Eve 2012

I thought I’d do a little experiment… find the top 10 WordPress plugins just before Christmas, then again a week later. The top ten, in terms of average growth per day since mid August 2012, are now…

Plugin name and description Plugin links Version, total downloads, last update, tested
Contact Form 7
Just another contact form plugin. Simple but flexible.
contact-form-7
home
5.0.2
81722835
2018-05-22 12:02am GMT
4.9.6
Jetpack by WordPress.com
The ideal plugin for stats, related posts, search engine optimization, social sharing, protection, backups, security, and more.
jetpack
home
6.1.1
77686332
2018-05-22 9:44pm GMT
4.9.6
All in One SEO Pack
The original WordPress SEO plugin, downloaded over 45,000,000 times since 2007.
all-in-one-seo-pack
home
2.6
46389708
2018-05-24 9:01pm GMT
4.9.6
Yoast SEO
Improve your WordPress SEO: Write better content and have a fully optimized WordPress site using the Yoast SEO plugin.
wordpress-seo
home
7.5.1
104955430
2018-05-16 11:42am GMT
4.9.6
Akismet Anti-Spam
Akismet checks your comments and contact form submissions against our global database of spam to protect you and your site from malicious content.
akismet
home
4.0.6
104535451
2018-05-26 5:14pm GMT
4.9.6
Google XML Sitemaps
This plugin will improve SEO by helping search enginess better index your site using sitemaps.
google-sitemap-generator
home
4.0.9
22243602
2018-04-25 3:06pm GMT
4.9.6
WordPress Gallery Plugin – NextGEN Gallery
The most popular WordPress gallery plugin and one of the most popular plugins of all time with over 21 million downloads.
nextgen-gallery
home
3.0.1
21680130
2018-05-17 7:04pm GMT
4.9.6
Google Analytics for WordPress by MonsterInsights
The best Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. See how visitors find and use your website, so you can keep them coming back.
google-analytics-for-wordpress
home
7.0.6
29217806
2018-05-14 1:15pm GMT
4.9.6
gtrans No info available  
WordPress Importer
Import posts, pages, comments, custom fields, categories, tags and more from a WordPress export file.
wordpress-importer
home
0.6.4
22769058
2018-03-02 4:30pm GMT
4.9.6

Notes:

  • The top three exceed 10,000 downloads per day.
  • The first seven exceed 6,000 downloads per day.
  • All in one SEO pack is still the most popular: with over 13 million downloads
  • Akismet is second, with over 12.5 million.

Personally:

  •  I’ve stopped using Contact Form 7; I noticed that the CAPTCHA images don’t display in Chrome any more.
  • I’m now using Jetpack for a simple contact form.
  • I install WordPress SEO more often than All in one SEO.
  • I rarely use the Nextgen-gallery or gtrans.